The Prince's Trust "Get Started" programmes are short courses that engage and develop young people through themes such as sport or the arts and support them into further education, training or employment.
These courses are designed according to a specific theme and are delivered with expert partners.
Young people develop their skills through practical activities, giving them confidence and motivation to move forward with their lives.
Participants attend a taster day to see if the programme is right for them and then take part in a week long programme of enjoyable activities that are inspiring and fun.
Young people who attend these courses receive three months on follow on support from The Prince's Trust.
Stoke City Community Trust recently delivered a programme in partnership with The Prince's Trust.
The Get Started in Hair and Make up Programme, was delivered by Stoke City Community Trust's education department.
This programme is aimed at supporting and engaging 16- 24 year olds living in Stoke on Trent and aims to motivate, build confidence and develop young people's skills who are currently not in education, training or employment. This pilot programme was the first Get Started in Hair and Make up delivered by a Premier League Football club and we engaged 15 young people on the programme.
Over the week, young people participated in the programme and developed their teambuilding skills, increased their awareness in basic hair & make up skills and developed their customer service skills.
The Young People also had the opportunity to have a 'make over session' at Stoke on Trent College, where current students at Cauldon Campus, Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies department demonstrated their skills on the young people participating on the Get Started programme. This was very successful and inspirational to the participants who may wish to pursue a career in this sector.
Following this, the young people had a professional portrait photo shoot, and framed photos were presented to the young people on their final celebration day.
The Get Started group also created their own 'salon day' at Stoke City FC, where they were able to practice their skills over the week on 'real life' clients which included SCFC staff.
This pilot programme was a big success and positive feedback has been received by the young people who participated on the programme.
THANKS TO STUDENTS AND TUTORS IN HAIR AND BEAUTY LEVEL 2 AND 3.
Thelma Musonza, Jo Faulkner, Melissa Ridgway, Huma Shafiq, Shalfar Shah, Imren Idi, Pahiman Hamahsor, Louise Owen, Ashley Laming, Jason Woodward, Chloe Hall, Jade Lovatt, Kimberley Cotton, Corrine Mullard, Nicola Stone, Lauren Grocott, Chloe Hughes, Lucy Thorpe, Sofia Pinchi, Tiffany Ley, Rachel Johnson, Carly Leese, Chloe Trevor, Leighanne Farrand, Chantelle Hough, Isobel Hoi Wai, Courtney McNico, Hollie Shufflebottom, Teagan Mellor, and Jillena Follet.
Also thanks to the staff at Stoke on Trent College, Rachael White – Hairdressing Lecturer, Joanne Titterton- Hairdressing Lecturer, and Yasmine Jones- Beauty Lecturer.
For further information on this initiative, read The Sentinel's article HERE.